Buffalo Facing $24 Million Deficit

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM EDT

By John Borsa

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2010 at 6:32 PM EDT

Mayor Byron Brown is scheduled to deliver his 2010-2011 budget proposal to the Common Council in three weeks, but he's not offering many clues today on how he will deal with an estimated $24 million budget shortfall.

"Everything is on the table," Brown told reporters outside City Hall on Monday.

"There will certainly be cuts," he said without offering specifics.

"We're going to try to minimize them and do everything that we can to continue the progress that we've been making in Buffalo," Brown added.

"This is shaping up to be a very difficult budget for us," he said.

Difficult because the city is taking control of it's parks from the county, dealing with increased salary and pension costs and other expenses that total roughly $15 million, Brown Administration officials said.

$9 million is lost revenue makes up the rest of the budget gap, including about a $3 million loss in state aid.

Brown said he will do everything in his power to avoid a property tax increase and key administration officials said such a hike is off the table.

The city has about $80 million in its rainy day account, but most of the surplus is already earmarked for future budget gaps and emergency spending only.

Brown must deliver his budget proposal to the Common Council by May 1.